INDEPENDENT LIVING REHABILITATION
Chapter 1 - GENERAL DEFINITIONS AND POLICIES
DESIGNATED STATE UNIT - Rehabilitation Services for the Blind (RSB) is the designated state unit that is referred to in 34 CFR 364.4.
STATE UNIT DIRECTOR - The Deputy Director, Family Support Division, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind, is the state unit director.
APPLICANT - An applicant is any individual who has applied for Independent Living Rehabilitation (ILR) services and whose eligibility for services has not been determined.
CLIENT - A client is an individual with a significant disability as defined by IL regulations and who meets RSB criteria to receive services.
LEGAL BLINDNESS - Legal blindness means a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with corrective lenses, or central acuity of more than 20/200 if there is a field defect such that the peripheral diameter of central visual field subtends an angular distance no greater than 20 degrees.
SOLE STATE AGENCY - The Family Support Division is the sole state agency referred to in 34 CFR 364.4.
VISUAL DISABILITY means:
TIMELY PROVISION OF SERVICES
Rehabilitation Services for the Blind staff will contact all referrals within 45 calendar days and determine eligibility within 60 calendar days.
As appropriate to individual need, clients will be referred to other programs or agencies throughout the rehabilitation process.
00 - Referral
02 - Applicant
08 - Closed from applicant status
10 - ILP development
18 - Training/Service status
26 - Closed, Rehabilitated
28- Closed, Not Rehabilitated Following Services
30 - Closed, Not Rehabilitated Before Services
The Missouri Family Support Division, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind, assures that eligibility requirements are applied without regard to sex, race, age, creed, color, disability or national origin of the individual applying for services. No individual will be excluded or found ineligible solely on the basis of type of disability. No upper or lower age limit will be established which will, in and of itself, result in a finding of ineligibility.
CASE FILE DOCUMENTATION
The staff member shall maintain a case record for each applicant/client that will contain pertinent documentation of the following factors, as appropriate:
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CLIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The staff member will provide to the client information regarding the Client Assistance Program (CAP) whenever a substantive change occurs in the case following application (i.e., eligibility/ineligibility determination, closure, etc.)
The Deputy Director, or his or her designee, shall have the sole responsibility for any exceptions to this policy manual.
The policies in this manual are written in accordance with 34 CFR 364 and 365.
Materials and/or communication will be provided in accessible format and/or languages.
Rehabilitation Services for the Blind's Independent Living Rehabilitation program, through its policies and procedures, will comply with federal provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act as it relates to the protection, use and release of health information. See Appendix A for HIPAA information.
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